Your product. Our developers. One team.

Espeo is a digital consultancy with a strong international presence. Born in Finland and headquartered in Poland, we’ve built an international team that values transparent communication, efficiency, and craftsmanship. Our expert team builds and designs custom web and mobile applications to keep our clients on the cutting edge.

Exceptional industry knowledge combined with strong technical roots is where we excel. Throughout the project, we stand right beside our clients to consult, implement, and deliver. Our focus on deep collaboration sets us apart.

 

 

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2008
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Poznań, Poland
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Our clients include BioMensio, Ensto Oy, The Guardian Soulmates, Solita, Sanoma, Ottoboni, MeBeGood, StoreMe, and Suomen Suoramainonta. Our blockchain, projects include CloseCross, Gabrotech, MakerDao, and GHP.

How a blockchain application can work for the pharmaceutical supply chain

We decided to create a mobile application written in the React Native programming language based on the public Ethereum blockchain. This application simulates the supply chain operation for the medical industry and drug transport.

Blockchain in healthcare data - proof of concept

In our proof of concept application, we offer ways blockchain can empower hospitals and patients to protect medical records.

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CloseCross

CloseCross offers a transparent derivatives trading platform based on the blockchain. We had to avoid any single point of failure, so it was clear this was to be a decentralized product. It was a challenge since very few similar solutions have been built so far and we practically couldn't use anything as a model. We also needed to handle transparency issues -- the customers have to see in real-time how other investors behave.

Finally, the CloseCross platform had to be visually intuitive.
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StoreMe

StoreMe is a mobile application for both iOS and Android that enables users to store luggage in secure locations on-demand. Users can reserve space on-demand or in advance and pay hourly or daily rates. Creating a React Native mobile app for two different platforms (iOS and Android) when React Native is still quite a new technology was a challenge we happily faced. Another one was to guarantee the appropriate efficiency of the

mobile app to have a real-time display of all possible locations in a particular area.
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The Guardian Soulmates

The Guardian Soulmates is an online service designed to help people find romantic partners who share similar values. Espeo is engaged in ongoing development and maintenance of the platform. Soulmates has more than 10 years of history, so there was a need to find a technical partner that could handle that system and its huge database of users. And of course to provide excellent service. The goal was to refurbish the platform, to

create a brand new Android mobile application and update the backend part of the project to make it safe and secure.
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Pressdoor

 

PressDoor is an innovative service which allows its end-users to read their favorite digital media content in an easy and cost-efficient way. Readers can choose the single articles or themes they want to read and only pay for that. They can pay & read about football in one newsmedia and ice hockey in another.

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MakerDao

Maker is a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) and offers a variety of decentralized products: their best-known is the stablecoin, Dai. Maker needed immediate assistance with testing their collateralized debt position portal, where users add collateral funds and take out loans in DAI. The product had to work before people started putting their money in.

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GabroTech

GabroTech aims to provide consumers with the ability to manage loyalty points from multiple programs. GBO will be a currency as well as a trading tool to use, exchange, and sell on one blockchain platform. Gabro's goal was to use the security of blockchain to manage loyalty points & programs. So, the initial scope of Espeo Blockchain’s involvement was to design the architecture of the complete GabroTech solution, both the

centralized part of it and all of the blockchain related building blocks and internal components.
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Sanoma

Espeo created a web-based recruitment management system for a leading media group in the Nordic countries.

This HR web application allows the end clients to create ads, manage the authority level of the employees responsible for recruiting, and create templates. The end clients can publish ads with just one click.

For the project, Espeo used advanced search and data matching technology, including

Elasticsearch.
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MeBeGood

Espeo’s key solution was the creation of an API for frontend applications and the development of two native apps (iOS and Android). The team knew that the UI was especially important: the app was made to look good and be easy to use.

The app combines activity tracking and charity: attracting users wanting to get involved in a good cause. Further engagement was possible through events that triggered push notifications.

Conversion was a major end benefit, and the possibility to analyze those conversions drew more sponsors to the application.
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AdTech

As one of the largest advertising software providers in Scandinavia, AdTech company needed solutions that would allow them to grow in the region. They approached us looking for performance exchange technology that allows their clients to buy performance-based traffic faster, and cheaper. At the same time, AdTech company wanted to retain control of access and full

insights.

One of the main challenges we faced was to take over an existing system and improve it so it can accommodate a rapidly increasing user base and transaction volume. We had a deadline of 20 months all the while delivering new features to further drive growth. Our team divided the application into microservices that scale horizontally to meet increasing demand. Our solutions have transformed the system into a highly scalable platform. The system has been transformed into a successful and scalable white label solution.

Technologies: PHP (Symfony2, Phalcon), Javascript, (Angular), CSS (SASS), Java, Amazon EC2 +, Amazon RDS, Docker, Couchbase, MongoDB, Redis, RabbitMQ, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Apache, NGINX, Jenkins, Amazon RDS, 

 

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Promise (Giftcoin)

Promise grew from Giftcoin, a charity-powered token. Their goal is to leverage power of the blockchain to manage donations and make charity spending more transparent. The goal was to prepare Giftcoin for their token launch campaign, and enable it to grow into Promise, a full-scale blockchain-based project.

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Trippmatch

Trippmatch is a next gen travel platform & community for travel buffs seeking to find their next adventure. Trippmatch plans to implement a travel platform which pays users to engage and share trip experiences on their app. 

Espeo consultants met with Trippmatch executives to determine the best way to leverage blockchain for Trippmatch's travel platform. One of the main challenges was in fleshing out the token

incentive model while also limiting token inflation. The consultation allowed our team to fully grasp our client's business model and for us to determine the best course of action for their business.
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StreetWire

Streetwire is a part of Headland Holdings Inc, a real estate technology company. Streetwire's aim is to build an encrypted ledger that stores all the data needed for real estate transactions - controlled and owned by the providers of the data. RE Ledger is StreetWire's consortium of network participants.

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GHP

GHP is a blockchain-based health platform that harnesses both a public and private blockchain to grant users instant access to their medical records. Developed by medical professionals, the solution combines practical medical industry knowledge with cutting-edge technology. GHP's plan includes a Security Token Offering.

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Biomensio

BioMensio is built on international research programs and has intellectual property of more than 15 patent families. The company’s product is a handheld reader and diagnostics-as-a-service application that can detect the presence of drugs in saliva within minutes. This is especially useful in point-of-need analytics in food safety or drug testing.

After consultations, the Espeo team decided to create a system using the

Vert.x framework and the Elasticsearch engine. This included efficient search comparison, approval and record-keeping mechanisms for documents likely to undergo thousands of changes. Thanks to the components used, the product now boasts an efficient and precise search and comparison mechanism and makes work with regulated content much more hassle-free. What’s more, the system was adapted for integration with additional platforms offering disk space (like Box.com).
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Intelligent Payments

Intelligent Payments Group is a payments gateway provider that works with hundreds of merchants to create secure, customized, and flexible online payment solutions. The core company competencies include building omnichannel payments platforms, deploying fraud management, and analyzing business intelligence data for better business strategies.

Espeo Software developers are a part of the Intelligent

Payments back-end team. We ran programming jobs in Java and PHP to develop new payments channels and support integration with such platform as Blik, PayPal, Alior Bank, and many more. Espeo was responsible for the delivery of recurring payments module which was a new important functionality offered by IPG to its merchants. Espeo was also involved in the refactoring of mobile UI of the IPG payment solutions. Apart from pure development tasks, Espeo also participated in the end-to-end quality assurance process governed by the IPG, by providing full-time testers. The responsibility of Espeo was not only on the technical level because we also supported IPG’s business analysis team by working together on refining the documentation in parallel to the implementation process.
 

Technology: Java (various versions), Javascript (various frameworks), Swift, PHP
 

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CollectiveCrunch

CollectiveCrunch collects technical, climate, and geographical data to crunch this information for deeper insights and predictions. They see technical data in the context of climate and geo data and predict key parameters with machine learning.

The client approached Espeo with a need to prepare a design of the new frontend application that had to be presented to pilot users of CollectiveCrunch. The

design part was followed by the implementation of the web application. Later, when the product got more traction, Espeo helped with backend refactoring and deploying the platform to the cloud. In the meantime, we also implemented a new product related to monitoring Finnish electricity networks. That was one of the use cases for machine learning algorithms and data collected in the system.

Technology: React.js, Redux, Highcharts, Node.js, Python, Azure
 

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Dreams.Build

Dreams.Build is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform based in the US state of  Virginia. The platform offers two-stage funding, digital files, an integrated community, and multi-charity donations. Users can sponsor dreams and innovations of tomorrow.

We developed the platform and handled the two-stage funding, currency conversions, and multiple bug fixes that were left from a previous developer, who

had been unable to complete the platform. The main work was around the implementation of 2-stage crowdfunding functionality into the platform.

The first stage was all or nothing and was geared to short term minimum funding. The second stage was supportive and was meant for long term stretch funding. If a project was in stage 2, it had been successfully funded and the project creator would be able to keep any funds they raised. The innovators could start working with the funds during stage 2 since funds would be transferred at the end of stage 1 and stage 2. A goal for them for provided to hit in stage 2 to help with stretch planning. Of course, innovators would still have complete control over the time of each funding stage and funding amount they needed to raise.

Espeo also did other custom work to deliver features that were specific to Dreams.Build like their digital files that needed to be downloaded

Technology: PHP, MySQL, Stripe integration

 

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Suomen Suoramainonta

Distribution companies operating all over Finland together with Suomen Suoramainonta Oy constitute SSM Distribution Group. Together they produce the largest private and nationwide unaddressed distribution network in Finland. Their direct distribution reaches ca. 2.4 million households. About 1.2 billion distribution products go through their distribution network every year.

Espeo was solely responsible

for web application development and its deployment to the client’s infrastructure. We developed the backend using Java 8, Spring. Vaadin was used for the webview and its communication with the backend. RabbitMQ facilitated data synchronization between the system developed and other applications in the client ecosystem.

 

The project started in August 2016. We started with a scrum team of four and over the course of 2017, the team grew to eight. Once the goal of the project was reached and the rollout to other Distribution Groups started the project went into maintenance mode with minimum development and a smaller team. Now (April 2019) the team is being upscaled again as the new owner of the company wants to expand the capabilities of the platform

Technology: Java, Spring, Vaadin, PostgreSQL, RabbitMQ, jOOQ, Liquibase, Docker

 

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MapVida

MapVida is a neighborhood data and city translation app that provides local context to rental, home and travel searches. MapVida wanted to give their users access to real estate analytics, with easy-to-use maps and search tools. The solution that Espeo provided is an iOS app that presents charts and analytics of neighborhoods based on raw data stored on the application. The data is updated via backend through the

MapVida API when the statistics change. The app allows users to compare and filter neighborhoods and search for similar places. Highcharts was used for drawing the Charts and Google Maps for drawing the neighborhoods on the map.

The solution that Espeo provided was an iOS app that presents charts and analytics of neighborhoods based on raw data stored on the application. The data was updated via backend through the MapVida API when the statistics changed. The app allowed users to compare and filter neighborhoods and search for similar places. Highcharts was used for drawing the charts and Google Maps for drawing the neighborhoods on the map. The backend part was done using a .NET stack, along with a MSSQL database. The data rendering part on the web application part was also done using the Highcharts library. Testing of the delivered solutions was also a part of the project.
 

Technology: iOS, Swift, .NET, MS SQL Server
 

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TinyApp

TinyApp is an application dedicated to establishing a link between parents and teachers in kindergartens. It’s a smart pedagogical assistant inspired by Finnish education and co-created with teachers. The key concept behind the app is making parenting and teaching easier while creating a more supportive environment for the children.

Developers provided by Espeo Software

have recouped a two-month delay accrued under a previous vendor. They work in two-week segments that allow time for proper planning and review, which aids relationship building. They provide personalized service tailored to the client’s unique challenges.

React Native was used for the technology stack and for simultaneous development of two mobile apps for the leading mobile platforms (Android, iOS). The app had to facilitate two- way, instant communication, including sending attachments such as videos, pdf documents, and photos. There were also some additional features such as notifications and checking absence.  Due to the Finnish roots of the team behind TinyApp, we also created a multilingual interface, including Swedish, English, and Finnish as the main languages.

Technology: React Native, Ruby on Rails
 

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Daybreak Chita

In the life sciences sector, formal issues in drug review paperwork can cost companies billions of dollars in wasted efforts. Day Break’s Chita is a content integrity and collaboration platform for the modern digital life sciences workplace.

CHITA wanted to create a safer and easier workflow system for documents. This system would automate the review and approval process in the pharmaceutical industry.

Espeo

consultants proposed a system using the Vert.x framework and the Elasticsearch engine. We included an efficient search comparison, approval, and record-keeping mechanisms for documents at all levels of review. With these solutions, the platform now works much more efficiently making working with regulated content much easier. Additionally, the system integrates with additional platforms enabling greater disk space.

Technologies: Elasticsearch, Vert.x, Java, Docker

 

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Design & Dev for News Platform

"Regular demos, backlog planning, and ad hoc meetings as needed assured the quality."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Espeo Software designed a news platform. Using JavaScript and React, they implemented features, integrated payment gateways, connected it to the editor’s CMS, and conducted testing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Helsinki, Finland
Mikael Johnson
Deputy Managing Director, PressDoor
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The MVP was built on time and in-budget, and a public beta was launched within three months. Communicative, Espeo Software was proactive and asked questions to ensure a successful project. They delivered high-quality work and are recommended.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We provide e-commerce services for news and magazine media, enabling easy access to good content. Our service makes paying simple, lets readers read at once, and commit step-by-step. Our start-up company was founded in 2015, with a core team in Helsinki. I am the Deputy Managing Director and had the role of Product Owner in the project.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Espeo Software?

We needed software muscle to help build our MVP with speed and low risk. Today’s digital media publishing needs new solutions to attract new loyal customers. Our service is a digital solution that has been designed to create growth in customer revenue by allowing content providers to make new products offers and by increasing their reach beyond their current customers.

What were your goals for this project?

The solution had to offer a fresh take on smooth payments for the news and magazine media industry. It needed to be integrated to leading payment gateways, such as direct carrier billing and credit card billing. Current content should be effortlessly rebundled. To readers, the service had to look like a federated payment wallet for digital media, but without the need to put money in the wallet in advance. The solution had to be easily integrated with publishers' content management systems, so modern javascript and react solutions fit the project well.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We met a vendor sales representative at a funding event. This vendor was one of two vendors that we started the project with to avoid lock-in. This vendor had good recommendations, was familiar with startup companies, had a good agile software development process, and competitive pricing.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We created the specifications & requirements in the form of epics, stories and wireframes. They created the designs, implemented the features in 1-week sprints, did automated and manual testing. Our lead integrator and project manager put the parts together and supervised the process. Regular demos, backlog planning, and ad hoc meetings as needed assured the quality.

What was the team composition?

The vendor provided 2-4 developers, a part-time designer, a part-time tester, and a part-time project manager. Half-way in the project, 3 of the resources changed unexpectedly, but the replacing resources were also skilled and were soon able to effectively contribute to the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

We were ready to integrate with publishers within 4 months of the project start and started our public beta 3 months later. The MVP was built on time and budget.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The vendor's project management and communication suited this partly out-sourced startup project very well. We communicated with agile ways of working in suitable tools such as Slack, Jira, Github, Google Meets / Skype / Appear.in, Zeplin.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Professional communication with the development team. The developers were proactive with requirements that needed more business specifications and had the capacity to fill in the blanks.

Are there any areas for improvement?

In general, we are impressed with the quality of the work. Our only concern has been to find a suitable testing process on a tight budget.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web App Development for Educational Management Tool

"The most impressive strengths this company has presented are persistence, team-work, and perspective."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Aug. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Espeo Software developed a web application for an education management tool. This included front- and backend development and testing services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Helsinki, Finland
Anna Hallikainen
Pedagogical Lead, The Mighty United Oy
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The web app has attracted a strong base of users and interest. Espeo Software establishes a smooth workflow through communication and collaboration. The team invests themselves in the success of their client's projects to ensure they deliver quality results.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We provide schools with a browser-based application to monitor and enhance well-being through positive pedagogy and character development. Since being founded in 2016 we have now users on multiple continents. I am the pedagogical lead and product, development manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Espeo Software?

We needed to include top-notch developers to our production team in order to reach our goals in providing a relevant solution to our clients. The need for building a new platform and responding to critical requirements was acknowledged.

What were your goals for this project?

The end result (application) had to be a stable yet flexible solution, so that it would enable the designed use but could be built on in later stages of development.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Our CTO of that time had received positive references of the vendor. After starting the project we were very pleased to find communication skills and work standards were on par with our wishes.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The company provided us basically four kinds of services:

  1. Backend development
  2. Frontend development
  3. Testing
  4. Business consulting

What was the team composition?

The project team has included a project manager and two developers, the other of the latter has focused more on testing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The new application platform i.e. new version has attracted new users and general interest in surprising amounts. We have accumulated more users than we set out for and in addition, they have also used the application more actively.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Deadlines and work frames (sprints) were treated with respect and met in a very meticulous manner. Even though plans were executed, there was still room and understanding to meet the needs of a start-up business (fast, unexpected). Communication and managing workflow was fluent with mutually agreed tools. The project team was willing to optimize processes if seen necessary.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The most impressive strengths this company has presented are persistence, team-work, and perspective. The genuine interest to mutually grow the business and build a relevant product has been visible in everything they did for us.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Generally, the expectations were high to begin with and being met by 97 %, there are only a few suggestions for improvement. Perhaps in the project management side, proactiveness in reviewing product development direction could help in some cases - suggesting an in-house expert of the relevant field to go through the plans.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Just excellent!
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Competitive & fair.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Wonderful!
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Luggage Storage Company

"I’m impressed with the technology excellence Espeo delivers."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2017 - June 2018
Project summary: 

Espeo created a mobile and web app for an on-demand luggage storage company. Built with AWS and written in React, their team provided full-stack development and integrated a pre-existing UI/UX.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Peter Korbel
CEO & Founder, StoreMe Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their team successfully built the technology that was necessary for the business to succeed. They excel with a wide array of technologies. Knowledgeable and creative, their team was able to answer all questions and cooperated well. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the founder of StoreMe - a mobile & web application that enables users to store luggage in secure locations on-demand. Users can reserve space on-demand or in advance and pay hourly or daily rates.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Espeo Software?

We hired Espeo to create a mobile app for Android and iOS and also a web application

What were your goals for this project?

We set to use React Native technology. We wanted to build a backend system in order to create a proper marketplace service. The system works as a SaaS which means any location can become the so-called “host” which share their space to store luggage.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We selected this vendor after deep search and talks with a few companies from European and the US market. Espeo had great communication skills and very good references. Their track record of web and mobile app projects and impressive technology skills convinced us to start the cooperation.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The project began in August 2017 and lasted until January 2018, then it was first launched on iOS. Later in 2018, a version for Android was released. Now the project is being sustained. Espeo was responsible for developing the whole system. The app is created on AWS (ECS, S3, SQS, SNS, SES, IAM, CodeBuild, LoadBalancer, Autoscaling). The database used is MongoDB. The web application for managing hosts is written in React, while the back-end is based on Node.js and the app itself is written in React Native.

What was the team composition?

In the development process three full-stack developers, a tester, and a project manager participated.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

I came to Espeo with our mobile app’s UX/UI fully designed and they developed the tech to power our app from start to finish. That’s what you look for in a tech partner and they delivered.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Our cooperation was easy and effective. Their team is full of knowledgeable people who serve support and give needed answers when it’s necessary. We feel like they are part of our internal team, although we don’t see each other on a daily basis.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I’m impressed with the technology excellence Espeo delivers. They excel at wide range of technologies and are technology agnostic what gives us certainty they choose the right technology span for us and fit technology to business requirements and not the other way around. I would also stress a proactive engagement model as something which we found extremely important. Espeo’s consultants didn’t blindly follow our commands, they recommended us the best solutions and advise on the project scope and technology site through the whole app creation process.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, I can't think of anything.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

iOS, Android, & Web App Support for Publishing Company

“Espeo Software definitely has the passion to get things done.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Espeo Software provides web and mobile development for a desktop site with paired mobile apps for Android and iOS. The team provides maintenance and fixes issues customers experience to enhance the UX/UI.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Melissa Christian
Ecommerce Business Manager, Guardian News & Media
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Espeo Software excels at project management. Using a combination of tools and technology, they maintain an open and responsive line of dialogue. The enthusiastic and dedicated team offers full-stack development expertise for frontend and backend. Their work has garnered positive feedback so far.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The Guardian is a publishing company. We publish newspapers in print as well as through apps. My role here is managing our online dating service that works on mobile apps and desktop. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Espeo Software?

From what I understand, Espeo Software took over from our previous developers who were no longer able to do the work we required. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Espeo Software monitors and maintains our website as well as our mobile apps for Android and iOS. They provide both frontend and backend development. I work with them quite closely on one- or two-week sprints. The team develops on all the different platforms we use. They fix any issues that they find or that we raise and continuously look for ways to improve the site and create a better user experience. 

Recently, they started making various improvements to our iOS app's usability and functionality. They've resolved quite a few complaints we received from our users. Espeo Software has also been preparing to launch the Android version of our app this week. 

What is the team composition? 

We've probably with about six people in total from Espeo Software. In addition to the desktop team, they have dedicated individuals for iOS and Android. 

How did you come to work with Espeo Software?

I started my role this May 2018, but Espeo Software has worked with us since last year. My boss initially reached out to and hired them, so I don't know the specifics. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working together since November 2017. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We haven't put a system in place to track metrics yet. In general, though, we've received positive feedback about Espeo Software’s work so far. Our experience has been excellent. 

How did Espeo Software perform from a project management standpoint?

Espeo Software has been brilliant at project management. We manage the engagement in 1–2-week sprints. Tools we use include YouTrack for planning. Slack is our primary communication channel. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

I'm most impressed by the team's project management and communication skills. Espeo Software definitely has the passion to get things done.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The team could work a little bit more collaboratively across desktop, Android, and iOS.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

No, I can't think of anything. 

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web-Based Management System Dev for Electrical Manufacturer

"Their communication is exceptionally responsive and effortless."

Quality: 
3.5
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Espeo Software designed and implemented a web-based management system. With the InVision framework and code base complete, the product is nearing release.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Porvoo, Finland
Aulis Flod
Project Coordinator, Ensto Oy
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The system’s updated design has garnered positive feedback from test users and internal sales staff. Espeo’s seamless communication was instrumental in project operations, though the team did experience frequent personnel changes and demonstrate occasional technical inexperience. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am a project coordinator for Ensto, a family company that manufactures electric and electromechanical components for an international market. Designed for domestic and industrial uses, our product portfolio includes electric vehicle (EV) charging systems.  

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Espeo Software?

We hired them to implement a web-based EV charging station management system.  

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to quickly update our system with a new, modern look.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

One of our new directors recommended Espeo based on previous experience. 

Describe the project in detail.

The entire system was first modeled with InVision's design web service, which was fast and highly interactive. Espeo then started building the system base code. This phase required little interaction apart from progress reporting. The collaboration picked back up when visible parts of the system began surfacing, and we now communicate daily. We expect to release the final product soon.

What was the team composition?

The Espeo team includes two developers (one frontend, one backend), one designer, and a project manager, with the upcoming addition of one test engineer.  Our project owner and two of our project coordinators are also involved.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Our sales staff and initial test customers were highly impressed with the design of new system as compared to our old one. We can consider the project a success, since all required features to date have been implemented.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We began with Kanban and Slack almost exclusively. We later switched to Scrum for the weekly meetings. 

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their communication is exceptionally responsive and effortless.  They speak fluent English and attend to every question.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We are concerned about the developers changing so frequently. Transferring domain and architecture knowledge from one developer to another always takes time and effort, at best, and, at worst, creates the possibility for system vulnerabilities. We also noticed that some service delivery frameworks were reused, which suggests to us that knowledge of the technology is a bit insufficient.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 3.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Software Development for Pedagogical Solutions Company

"I’m happy with the people who’re working on my project now and it feels like they’re part of the team." 

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Espeo Software is developing a web application using Ruby and React Native that includes video-, image-, and text-based communication. Teachers will use it to track learning and plan and evaluate lessons.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Finland
CEO, Pedagogical Solutions Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Developers provided by Espeo Software have recouped a two-month delay accrued under a previous vendor. They work in two-week segments that allow time for proper planning and review, which aids relationship building. They provide personalized service tailored to client’s unique challenges.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of an education technology company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Espeo Software?

We lacked development resources for a solution for early education teachers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built a web app using Ruby and React Native to improve pedagogical planning, documentation, and communication. The app lets teacher track their observations and what their students are learning and link that to targets. It also allows them to communicate with parents through videos, photos, and texts. Finally, they can use the solution to plan and evaluate activities.

What is the team composition?

We have two developers—one for the frontend and one for the backend—one tester, and project manager. I work with all of them.

How did you come to work with Espeo Software?

I found them based on a recommendation by a peer company. Their price point made sense, and, after a few background checks, I found them to be a reliable, credible company. We also wanted whoever joined our team to be able to adapt quickly to the education technology sector; they’d need to learn how it’s generally structured and how it operates. After working with them for a few weeks, I noticed that their developers were extremely professional and fast learners. There was no reason to stop working with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spend approximately €18,000 per month, which means €144,000 ($164,341 USD) in total, so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since January 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We were between development teams when they started and were about two months behind schedule, but we were able to catch our targets for this spring. We’re on schedule now, thanks to them.

How did Espeo Software perform from a project management standpoint?

We agree on what needs to be done and they get it done within the set time limits. We run weekly sprints, and every week we check what’s been done and what’ll be done for next time. These guys are really fast, so there’s no problem in that area. Communication wise, we use JIRA and Slack.

What did you find most impressive about them?

My overall experience has been quite good. They have a professional project manager and they found excellent developers for us. I’m happy with the people who’re working on my project now and it feels like they’re part of the team. It’s not like I’m just outsourcing to somewhere because they’re contributing and delivering things; not just what we say but things they come up with as well.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Looking at business targets, we’re doing really well. There’s nothing that has to change at the moment. We’ve been flexible on both sides, regarding holidays, and they put in extra hours when we need them.

Any advice for potential customers?

My recommendation is to be open with your company’s situation and needs. I opened our situation to them so that they would understand our challenges, and they were able to build a team to move us forward.

Also, be demanding so that you can request the best people they have. It’s not only about competence, but the ability to grow and learn new things. Try to find people you match with, because sometimes developers and business people can speak completely different languages.

5.0
Overall Score If there's been any misunderstandings, they've been talked about and fixed.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We’ve been able to keep to the schedule well, so there's just been minor changes coming from both sides.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It could always be more affordable, but I get good value for my money.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We haven't had any major bugs in our application since they started, and the few things we have had were fixed quickly.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already referred them to least one or two companies who have used them.

iOS & Android App Dev for File Sharing Software Company

“I’d give them top marks and I’d work with them again at any time.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Jan. 2018
Project summary: 

Espeo Software developed iOS and Android secure file sharing mobile applications. They first produced specifications and designs then focused on the implementations and custom encryption libraries.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Finland
Andy Kozak
Director of Engineering, SecurelyShare
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

After internally testing the finished applications, they were found to be high quality and satisfactory. The team worked hard throughout the project, offering a flexible approach to project management, and organizing their deliverables well.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of engineering for SecurelyShare. I run the team responsible for developing our unique cybersecurity platform, which involves both the server and client side.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Espeo Software?

Our office is small, so we have to use external providers to help us achieve what we need.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We worked on the first version of our mobile applications for iOS and Android. The app was to securely share files. These first versions of our software are to view our special type of encrypted files with our encrypted version of PDF document viewers.

We didn’t have very detailed specifications, so the first part involved doing the UI/UX design. Together we produced layouts, mockups, and wireframes. They then did the implementations, including special custom encryption libraries on our server side. They were responsible for developing mobile clients.

What is the team composition?

There was a project manager, a UX/UI designer, and two mobile developers.

How did you come to work with Espeo Software?

I’ve known them for some time. They were very convincing in the initial conversations and understood the requirements clearly. They asked the right questions. We were convinced by that to move forward with them.

How much have you invested with them?

45,000 euros [$55,400 USD].

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from November 2017 until January 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We’re pretty happy with the application. We did a lot of internal testing with our team of up to 10 people.

How did Espeo Software perform from a project management standpoint?

Everything was well organized, on time, or ahead of time. We used Slack for everyday communication and InVision for UI/UX. We also used Jira for small changes.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re professional. They solved complex issues within hours. I’d give them top marks and I’d work with them again at any time.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They were very flexible, but they should show all their methodologies on their webpage, whether it be Agile, Scrum, or Kanban. That would make it easier for other clients to understand they can do them all.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

What they cost and what they deliver is great. It’s good value for the money.

5.0
Overall Score There’s no drawbacks to what we did together. It’s been a top-notch experience.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They did everything ahead of time for us.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their cost to value is why I would recommend them.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We reviewed the code and they even fixed bugs that were in our library.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d recommend them to anybody and I already have.

Design & Dev for Civic Engagement App

"They have a collaborative approach and a positive attitude!"

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Spurred by the need to go to market quickly, Espeo Software built a civic engagement app, handling the entire design and back and frontend development with a scalable team.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Oulu, Finland
Karri-Pekka Korolainen
CEO, Pentaleap Oy
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Espeo delivered a modern app in only three months, although it hasn’t been launched yet. They provide great quality at a competitive price, give helpful feedback, and ask questions whenever they need to in order to get the job done right. Also, their fast-paced Scrum process is noteworthy.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO of Pentaleap Oy. I specifically handle the operative tasks of the company as well as social media and marketing.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Espeo Software?

We were trying to address a business opportunity in the civic application world. We didn’t have the proper in-house capabilities for fast-paced application development, so we decided to outsource the work in order to go to market faster. Our challenge was to find fast and trustworthy application development.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to build an easy-to-use civic engagement application with a pleasant design. Our app increases participatory democracy and aims to grow knowledge-based decision making in both city and state governments.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We vetted different software production companies in Finland and abroad. Espeo was recommended to us by a friend, so we decided to meet them through Skype. We had a very good impression of them from the start and combined with their very competitive offer, we decided to choose them. Our whole team was involved in the selection process.

Describe the project in detail.

The overall scope of the project consisted of design and back and frontend development. We provided a very basic list of features, initial mockups, and a description of the project and its goals. The vendor was responsible for the entire application development and design.

What was the team composition?

There were seven people involved in the development process including a graphic designer and a project leader. The size of the team changed depending on the development pace.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Just within three months of development, we’re basically ready to launch the application. We’re not able to share user feedback yet because the larger scale beta testing and actual launch haven't been done yet.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Our project manager was great. She provided constant constructive feedback and was active during the development process and Scrum sessions. We had no issues communicating with their developers during meetings or through Slack.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We were positively surprised with their active development approach and with the ideas their designer and project leader shared. We also appreciated the down-to-earth attitude of all the developers when asking questions about certain designs and features. Espeo provided an overall collaborative and positive experience.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There were connection issues during our Scrum sessions, which took a bit of time, but it was a minor problem. Other than that, we were definitely satisfied with the overall cooperation and we hope to continue working with them.

5.0
Overall Score They have a collaborative approach and a positive attitude!
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We managed to stay within the deadline that was initially planned. Whenever we needed to pick up the pace, they’d provide additional developers.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Cost efficiency was on the mark. No complaints here.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Espeo provided proper quality and gave the app a modern appearance.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Very likely. We chose Espeo through a referral and will most likely refer them further.

NodeJS Dev for Sustainability Solutions Company

"Espeo grasped the project quickly and was enthusiastic about the work."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.0
Cost: 
2.5
Willing to refer: 
3.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May - Dec. 2017
Project summary: 

Espeo provided project management along with frontend and backend developers for a large sustainability solutions application. They built the program using open source technology. They also provided UX/UI designers.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Director & Co-Founder
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They demonstrated a keen grasp of the project and delivered technical aspects to exact specifications. While they missed some deadlines – partially due to an expanded scope – Espeo immediately addressed any concerns. Verbal communication could be more effective. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the Director and Co-Founder of a company that builds custom web applications to help organizations improve their sustainability.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Espeo Software?

We needed frontend and backend developers for a web platform we’re building.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The platform is a large database program that we wanted to create with open source technology. Espeo’s developers built it using a Node.js framework. They used React.js for the frontend and MongoDB for the backend.

Espeo also supplied UI/UX designers who spent a lot of time ensuring the interface was user-friendly.

What is the team composition?

Dominik Zyskowski [Software Consulting Director, Espeo Software] served as our product manager and we worked with three developers. Ariel Hajbos [UI/UX Designer, Espeo Software] worked with us on design, and I can’t give him enough praise.

How did you come to work with Espeo Software?

I was searching for different providers of software development solutions and discovered them during a conference in Amsterdam. It seemed like they understood what we wanted to accomplish and offered good rates.

How much have you invested with them?

Over €50,000, so between $60,000–$70,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together between May 2017 - December 2017. We put the project on hold to deal with internal transitions in our company, but we may engage with Espeo again in the future.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

In terms of the code they produced, we now have an up-and-running application that meets the specifications we provided. It's incomplete since it's a massive project, but they were able to accomplish a lot in six months.

In terms of UI/UX design, we prepared over 100 slides and Espeo was able to incorporate a majority of those into the prototype before we halted the project. I’d say that’s pretty significant.

How did Espeo Software perform from a project management standpoint?

We used Slack and Google Docs to coordinate the project, and they also used their own internal Scrum application. Dominik was always on task and readily available.

There were occasional miscommunications about what would be accomplished in any given sprint. We found that certain tasks were not completed as scheduled, but they quickly addressed the issue once we pointed out the error.

What did you find most impressive about them?

This was a fairly complicated project, both in terms of the technical aspects, as well as understanding the overall vision. Espeo grasped the project quickly and was enthusiastic about the work. Their intuitiveness saved us the time of having to explain every concept.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Communication could definitely be improved. We initially tried to do weekly calls, but soon found this to be completely unproductive. They preferred to use appear.in for these remote calls, but the connection was always poor. The project team was based in Poland, so it was sometimes difficult to speak directly given the language barrier.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Before engaging with the development team, be sure to have your UI/UX worked out. We ended up hiring developers before they were needed, which created a lot of idle time. As long as you’re clear about where you are in the development process, Espeo will help you determine what resources are needed.

3.5
Overall Score
  • 3.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Scheduling estimates were not always accurate, though this was partially due to an expanded scope.
  • 2.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their rates were fairly high considering the mixed quality of developers they provided.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their technical work is great, though communication could be improved.
  • 3.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

Company response

Thank you for the review, it will definitely help us improve our services. We’re glad you were generally pleased with what we delivered, and that you appreciate our technical skills and the high level of UX/UI services provided. As you’ve mentioned, we had a good grasp of a fairly complex project and were quick to respond to issues and requests. Therefore, we think that the 1-5 star rating you’ve given us is too harsh, and it doesn’t reflect the content of the review (which we consider to be generally positive).

As for the quality of communication - we pride ourselves on good communication, both in terms of our ‘verbal’ skills and the technology we have at our disposal. We have a high-speed connection in the office and the quality of video conferences is always high. Occasionally, however, some issues resulted from the connection on the client’s side.

We’re very glad to have been involved in your project and we’re happy to continue working with you once your company has dealt with its internal transformations.

Mobile App Dev for Real Estate Firm

"… [T]hey're the best third-party mobile development with which we have worked."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
6 months
Project summary: 

Espeo supplemented internal efforts by updating an extant location-driven app with new features and enhanced user-facing design/UX. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
Mike Mauseth
Co-Founder, MapVida
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Constant, clear communication and high-quality development stand out as hallmarks of their nonpariel third-party work.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the co-founder of MapVida, which offers a series of consumer and business tools to help find “lookalikes.” It helps consumers find the best neighborhoods to stay in compared to what they already know, and it helps businesses determine the best neighborhoods for advertising and customer acquisition.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what reason(s) did your company hire Espeo Software?

Our mobile application that utilized our beta app’s infrastructure, but it needed additional work.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to enhance the app with much better functionality, performance, and UX.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We interviewed the team and recent clients.

Describe the project in detail.

Espeo completely overhauled our app, providing new UI and business layers, and integrating our APIs.

What was the team composition?

We had a project manager, along with two mobile developers and testers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

By far, they're the best third-party mobile development with which we have worked. Espeo feels like an extension of our team.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Communication was excellent, with with daily scrum meetings using Slack and weekly updates and product walk-throughs.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Along with their communication, the work product was top-notch.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Nothing beyond what you would normally encounter during a longer project; there are always ways to improve communication or product knowledge.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Company response

CONTENT QUALITY = B